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MIT 2.993 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design, IAP07


Published 2007


Instructors: Christopher Dewart, Kurt Hasselbalch, Prof. Nicholas Patrikalakis, Reuben Smith, Antonio Dias

This class is jointly sponsored by the MIT Museum, Massachusetts Bay Maritime Artisans, the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Department of Architecture. The course teaches the fundamental steps in traditional boat design and demonstrates connections between craft and modern methods. Instructors provide vessel design orientation and then students carve their own shape ideas in the form of a wooden half-hull model. Experts teach the traditional skills of visualizing and carving your model in this phase of the class. After the models are completed, a practicing naval architect guides students in translating shape from models into a lines plan. The final phase of the class is a comparative analysis of the designs generated by the group.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

View the complete course at: http://ocw.mit.edu/2-993IAP07

Album art photograph by Kurt Hasselbalch.


Producer MIT OpenCourseWare
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


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